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David Tauben, MD, FACP

Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Medical Director, UW Center for Pain Relief
Hughes M & Katherine G Blake Endowed Professor

Education & Training

MD, Tufts University, School of Medicine, Medford, MA, 1975-1979
Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 1979-1982

Professional Interests

Diagnosis and treatment education of pain medicine for the primary care provider
Medication management of chronic pain disorders, including musculoskeletal, neuropathic and visceral pain syndromes
Pain medicine curriculum development for medical students and residents


KING-5 Seattle’s “Top Doctors 2000” List, 2000
“Best Doctors in America” List, 2004-2013
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s “Best Doctors” List, 2006-2013
Seattle Magazine’s “Top Doctors: The City’s Top 350 Physicians Chosen by their Peers”, 2006-2009
National Registry of Who’s Who, Internal Medicine, 2008-2013
Member of Professional Education and Training Task Force: Core Competencies for Primacy Care, National Pain Strategy, 2014-present
Co-Chair of 2016 Annual American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, 2016

Selected Publications

Scott JD, Unruh KT, Catlin MC, Merrill JO, Tauben DJ, Rosenblatt R, Buchwald D, Doorenbos A, Towle C, Ramers CB, Spach DH. Project ECHO: a model for complex, chronic care in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 2012; 18: 481–484.
Tauben DJ. Chronic Pain management: measurement-based step care solutions. Pain Clinical Updates. International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2012;10(8):1-8.
A Blueprint of Pain Curriculum Across Prelicensure Health Sciences Programs: One NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) Experience. Doorenbos AZ, Gordon DB, Tauben D, Palisoc J, Drangsholt M, Lindhorst T, Danielson J, Spector J, Ballweg R, Vorvick L, Loeser JD. J Pain. 2013 Oct 3. doi:pii: S1526-5900(13)01126-7. 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.07.006. [Epub ahead of print]
Tauben DJ, Loeser JD. Pain education at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Journal of Pain. 2013; 14(5): 431-437.
Gordon DB, Loeser JD, Tauben D, Rue T, Stogicza A, Doorenbos A. Development of the KnowPain-12 Pain Management Knowledge Survey. Clin J Pain. 2013 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Eaton LH, Gordon DB, Wyant S, Theodore BR, Meins AR, Rue T, Towle, Tauben D. Doorenbos A. Development and implementation of a telehealth-enhanced intervention for pain and symptom management. Contemp Clinic Trials. 2014;38:213-220. (PMID: 24846620)
Tauben, DJ. Theodore B. Measurement-Based Stepped Care Approach to Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Management. In H.T. Benzon, J.P. Rathmell, C.L. Wu, D.C. Turk, & C.E. Argoff (Eds.). Practical Management of Pain, 5th edition. Chapter 4. Elsevier-Mosby, Philadelphia 2014.
Franklin G, Sabel JC, Jones CM, Mai J, Baumgartner C, Banta-Green CJ, Neven D, Tauben, D. A Comprehensive Approach to Address the Prescription Opioid Epidemic in Washington State - Milestones and Lessons Learned. Am J Pub Health. In press